It’s been weird here in my corner of PA. Colder than cold, then a sudden rise to 60º and now another dip. It’s supposed to reach a high of 25º today. Not horrible, but it feels as if we’re on the downside of a very steep rollercoaster right now.
It reminds me of James 1:6-8:
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
The passage is talking about a person who can’t make up his mind, even when asking God for something. He is not praying in faith, but in doubt. He wavers to and fro in his mind, like the waves of the ocean in a wind storm. He won’t get an answer, because he is of two minds; the double-minded man is always unstable, never able to make up his mind about anything.
The people in this man’s life are subject to the vagaries of his instability. They never know what they’re going to get. His moods, his ideas, his choices about everything from his tie to which cereal he wants, are all over the map. (By the way, please understand that I’m using the masculine pronoun because I’m old school–the masculine embraces the feminine.)
Believers are gifted with the surety of the promises of God. We don’t need to waver back and forth.We can ask God for wisdom, which He gives liberally, withholding nothing, We can ask Him for direction in all our choices, large and small. I believe we can even ask Him for a sure sign, as Gideon did when he asked God for two different results from putting out a fleece overnight. God gave him the results he asked for, and God never rebuked Gideon for asking either the first or second time (Judges 6:40).
Sometimes, the answers we seek are already in the pages of God’s Word. For instance, should we ever be afraid, inhibited from moving forward because of fear and dread? No. Absolutely not. There are 365 places in God’s Word that tell us “don’t be afraid” in one way or the other. That’s one for every day of the year. And here’s my favorite:
Isaiah 41:10. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”